VW Looks at Short Work Hours at More Plants on Supplier Dispute

  • Carmaker studying whether to hold talks with unions on hours
  • Company has already scaled back shifts at Emden factory

Volkswagen AG is looking at shortening work hours at more plants in Germany after curtailing shifts at a factory this week amid a supplier dispute.

The carmaker is considering whether to seek talks with unions on short-work hours at sites in Zwickau and Braunschweig, the company said in an e-mailed response to questions. It’s also looking at implementing a flextime program at the company’s main plant in Wolfsburg. Only departments affected by the supply shortage would be involved with the shift changes, it said.

Volkswagen started a weeklong short-work program Thursday affecting 80 percent of the 9,000 workers at its plant in Emden, which makes the Passat sedan and wagon. The company’s Sitech seating business is in a legal dispute with a sub-supplier that prevented the factory from finishing vehicles for two days recently, plant spokesman Jan Wurps said Tuesday.

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